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Reese’s Puffs Cereal Bars

2017 February 21
by Emily Hill

Fans of Reese’s Puffs cereal will love the chocolaty, peanut buttery, marshmallowy goodness found in these Reese’s Puffs cereal bars!

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Reeses Puffs Cereal Bars -- Fans of Reeses Puffs cereal will love the chocolaty, peanut buttery, marshmallowy goodness found in these Reeses Puffs cereal bars! | isthisreallymylife.com

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While there’s nothing wrong whatsoever with the classic rice krispie treat—I can eat them by the pan full—sometimes a girl’s gotta mix things up. Because sometimes you have a family-size box of Reese’s Puffs cereal and a bag of mini marshmallows in the pantry and you so want to find out if you can make a peanut buttery, chocolaty, puffs-y version of everyone’s favorite marshmallow treat.

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Reeses Puffs Cereal Bars -- Fans of Reeses Puffs cereal will love the chocolaty, peanut buttery, marshmallowy goodness found in these Reeses Puffs cereal bars! | isthisreallymylife.com

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I mean, it’s been done with Lucky Charms and Trix cereals and those turned out deliciously well,

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Reeses Puffs Cereal Bars -- Fans of Reeses Puffs cereal will love the chocolaty, peanut buttery, marshmallowy goodness found in these Reeses Puffs cereal bars! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Who doesn’t love a dessert you can make using four ingredients and have ready to serve in about 10 minutes…or less if you eat it straight from the pot and ignore the 9×13-inch pan altogether.

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Reeses Puffs Cereal Bars -- Fans of Reeses Puffs cereal will love the chocolaty, peanut buttery, marshmallowy goodness found in these Reeses Puffs cereal bars! | isthisreallymylife.com

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These Reese’s Puffs cereal bars were gone within hours. And even if I hadn’t given a third of the pan to our neighbors to stop me from eating them all, the rest of the family would have licked the pan clean by bedtime. If you love Reese’s Puffs cereal, you totally have to whip up a batch of these Reese’s Puffs cereal bars!

Printable recipe for Reese’s Puffs cereal bars below. Enjoy!
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Reeses Puffs Cereal Bars -- Fans of Reeses Puffs cereal will love the chocolaty, peanut buttery, marshmallowy goodness found in these Reeses Puffs cereal bars! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Reese's Puffs Cereal Bars
 
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Fans of Reese's Puffs cereal will love the chocolaty, peanut buttery, marshmallowy goodness found in these Reese's Puffs cereal bars!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 8 cups Reese's Puffs cereal
  • 1 (10-oz) package mini marshmallows
  • 3 T butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Prepare a 9x13-inch pan by spraying with cooking spray.
  2. Melt butter over low heat in a large saucepan. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  3. Add the Reese's Puffs cereal and gently stir until cereal is well coated.
  4. Use wax paper (or lightly grease your hands) and press the mixture firmly into the pan.
  5. Allow to cool before cutting into bars. Store in an airtight container.

 
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If you’re a fan of cereal bars and/or krispie treats, check out these delightful desserts!

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Lucky Charms Treats -- quick and easy and delightfully delicious!


Lucky Charms treats

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Smores Rice Krispie Treats -- Classic rice krispie treats are topped with marshmallows, crushed Golden Grahams and a drizzle of semisweet chocolate.


S’mores rice krispie treats

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Red Velvet Rice Krispie Treats - slight cocoa flavor with a drizzle of white chocolate. Perfect dessert for Valentines Day (or Christmas)!


Red velvet krispie treats

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17 Lucky Charms Desserts to Sweeten Your St. Patrick’s Day

2017 February 16
by Emily Hill

If you’re more about Lucky Charms than lucky clovers, you’ll love today’s roundup of St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Charms desserts.

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17 Lucky Charms Desserts to Sweeten Your St. Patricks Day -- If you are more about Lucky Charms than lucky clovers, you will love this roundup of St. Patricks Day Lucky Charms desserts. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Believe you me, I love Valentine’s Day with its red velvet goodness like these red velvet rice krispie treats or red velvet Oreos. But if I had my choice, I’d choose St. Patrick’s Day with its Lucky Charms over red velvet any day.

Sometimes I sneak a bowl of my kids’ Lucky Charms cereal because it makes for an amazing late-night snack.

If you’re a Lucky Charms lover like me, you’ll thoroughly enjoy today’s roundup featuring 17 Lucky Charms desserts bursting with Lucky Charms goodness just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. And yes, I’m talking those irresistible marshmallows.

Am I the only one who loves the crunchy oat pieces as much as the marshmallow shapes?
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Lucky Charms Treats -- quick and easy and delightfully delicious!
Lucky Charms treats from Is This Really My Life

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Lucky Charms cake
Cereal supreme cake from Becca Bakes

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One bowl whiskey chocolate fudge cake with Lucky Charms
One bowl whiskey chocolate fudge cake from How Sweet Eats

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Lucky Charms Cupcakes for St Patricks Day
Lucky Charms cupcakes from Cupcake Project

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White chocolate Lucky Charms blondies
White chocolate Lucky Charms blondies from The Gold Lining Girl

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Lucky Charms ice cream
Lucky Charms ice cream from The Baking Robot

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Lucky Charms milkshake
Lucky Charms milkshake from Lemon Tree Dwelling

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Lucky Charms shamrock shake
Lucky Charms shamrock shake from The Good Stuff

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Rainbow dessert shooters
Rainbow dessert shooters from Tablespoon

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St Patricks Day Lucky Charms bundt cake
Lucky Charms swirled bundt cake from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

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Magically delicious no-bake ice box pie
Magically delicious no-bake ice box pie from Community Table

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Lucky Charms munch
Lucky Charms munch from Deliciously Sprinkled

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Cereal macarons with cereal milk frosting
Cereal macarons with cereal milk frosting from The Busy Spatula

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Lucky Charms Cookies - magically delicious, especially hot from the oven. You will not be able to eat just one!
Lucky Charms cookies from Is This Really My Life

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Lucky Charms ice cream sandwiches
Lucky Charms ice cream sandwiches from The Kitchn

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No bake Lucky Charms cake for St Patricks Day
No bake Lucky Charms cake for St. Patrick’s Day from Tastebook

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Cereal cannolis
Homemade cereal cannolis from Paper & Stitch

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Looking for more St. Patrick’s Day recipes? Check out this tasty roundup!

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St Patricks Day Recipes

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Easy Coconut Macaroons

2017 February 14
by Emily Hill

These easy coconut macaroons are slightly crunchy on the outside, perfectly chewy on the inside and a cinch to make. Dip ’em in dark chocolate for an irresistible treat!

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Easy Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons -- These coconut macaroons are slightly crunchy on the outside, perfectly chewy on the inside and easy to make. Dip them in dark chocolate for an irresistible treat! | isthisreallymylife.com


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I love all things coconut—coconut oil, coconut cream pie, Almond Joy, Mounds, coconut cookie thins, German chocolate cake (there’s coconut in that frosting), piña coladas (there’s coconut in there somewhere). Because I love coconut so much, I can’t ever resist a batch of coconut macaroons.

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Easy Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons -- These coconut macaroons are slightly crunchy on the outside, perfectly chewy on the inside and easy to make. Dip them in dark chocolate for an irresistible treat! | isthisreallymylife.com

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When baked correctly, these easy coconut macaroons are slightly crunchy on the outside and oh-so-chewy on the inside. And if they’re dipped in dark chocolate with an added chocolate drizzle on top, it’s all I can do not to eat every single one. In one sitting.

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Easy Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons -- These coconut macaroons are slightly crunchy on the outside, perfectly chewy on the inside and easy to make. Dip them in dark chocolate for an irresistible treat! | isthisreallymylife.com

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These coconut macaroons feature only five ingredients (not including the chocolate; that’s optional) and take less than 10 minutes to make (not including bake time). The only tricky part is making sure you beat the egg whites long enough to form nice, stiff peaks. I’ve learned the hard way that if you don’t beat them long enough—and don’t fold them in gently enough—your macaroons will “puddle” while baking. On a positive note, if that happens, they won’t look pretty but they’ll still taste dang good.

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Easy Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons -- These coconut macaroons are slightly crunchy on the outside, perfectly chewy on the inside and easy to make. Dip them in dark chocolate for an irresistible treat! | isthisreallymylife.com

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I found a medium scoop (about 1 3/4 inches) is perfect for these coconut macaroons, but if you prefer smaller, bite-size treats, go with the small scoop. And then when you’re doing using that scoop for these easy macaroons, whip up a batch of these large batch cowboy cookies. (They totally have coconut too!)

Printable recipe for easy coconut macaroons below. Enjoy!

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Easy Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons -- These coconut macaroons are slightly crunchy on the outside, perfectly chewy on the inside and easy to make. Dip them in dark chocolate for an irresistible treat! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Easy Coconut Macaroons
 
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Coconut macaroons are slightly crunchy on the outside, perfectly chewy on the inside and easy to make. Dip 'em in dark chocolate for an irresistible treat! Makes approx. 2 dozen.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookie
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 (14-oz) package sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 extra-large egg whites, room temperature
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 (10-oz) package Ghirardelli dark melting wafers (or your favorite melting chocolate)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the coconut, condensed milk and vanilla in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Whip the egg whites and salt on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment until they make firm peaks. Carefully fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture.
  4. Drop batter onto baking sheet using a medium scoop (or by rounded tablespoon). Bake 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  5. Melt chocolate according to package directions. Dip bottom ⅛-inch of macaroons in chocolate and place on parchment paper. Drizzle with remaining chocolate. Allow to set before storing in an airtight container.

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Easy Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons -- These coconut macaroons are slightly crunchy on the outside, perfectly chewy on the inside and easy to make. Dip them in dark chocolate for an irresistible treat! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Here are a few more of my favorite cookie recipes!

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Brownie Cookies - decadent, chocolaty and super chewy. To die for!


Brownie cookies

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Chewy Peanut Butter Cup Cookies -- These chewy peanut butter cup cookies are a classic and always a hit at cookie exchanges. They're also perfect for those holiday cookie plates!


Chewy peanut butter cup cookies

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Butterbeer Sandwich Cookies -- Butterbeer sandwich cookies are the perfect dessert for Butterbeer lovers. They're combine buttery butterscotch & toffee cookies with a rich, creamy butterscotch frosting and are simply magical.


Butterbeer sandwich cookies

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Caramel Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies -- THE BEST peanut butter blossom cookies you will ever eat, hands down. Gooey caramel and chocolate combined with a soft, chewy peanut butter cookie. Enough said.


Caramel peanut butter kisses cookies

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Oatmeal M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar Neighbor Gift Idea -- what better way to welcome a new neighbor than with a super SWEET gift! Free printable gift tag included.


Oatmeal M&M cookie mix in a jar

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15 Pressure Cooker Soup Recipes You Simply Must Try

2017 February 9
by Emily Hill

From pho to French onion soup, here are 15 pressure cooker soup recipes you simply must try! Your family and friends will thank you. Promise.

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15 Pressure Cooker Soup Recipes - From pho to French onion soup, here are 15 pressure cooker soup recipes you simply must try! Your family and friends will thank you. Promise. | isthisreallymylife.com


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While I prefer sharing scrumptious, lick-the-screen pressure cooker dessert recipes, I felt it time to switch to something on the savory side. And because I absolutely LOVE soup (I frequent Zupas A LOT), I had to scour the web for pressure cooker soup recipes I couldn’t wait to try. I feel like soup is the next logical step after trying shredded pork and honey sesame chicken in my Instant Pot pressure cooker (sauteing and pressure cooking all in the same place? genius!).

Below you’ll find what I believe to be the yummiest pressure cooker soup recipes. I absolutely love the variety—gumbo, pho, chowder, chile verde and yes, the classic chicken noodle—and hope you do too!
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Pressure cooker chunky potato cheese soup
Pressure cooker chunky potato cheese soup from Pressure Cooking Today

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Pressure cooker chicken tortilla soup
Pressure cooker chicken tortilla soup from The Creative Bite

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Instant Pot baked potato soup
10 minute baked potato soup from Living Locurto

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Pressure cooker chicken faux pho
Pressure cooker chicken faux pho from The Sophisticated Caveman

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Pressure cooker butternut cauliflower soup
Pressure cooker butternut cauliflower soup from Peas & Crayons

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pressure cooker french onion soup
Pressure cooker french onion soup from Serious Eats

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Pressure cooker cauliflower potato soup
Pressure cooker cauliflower potato soup from Pressure Cook Recipes

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Instant Pot chicken noodle soup
Instant Pot chicken noodle soup from No. 2 Pencil

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Easy gumbo recipe for the Instant Pot
Easy gumbo recipe (Instant Pot version) from Little Family Adventure

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Fresh corn chowder in the pressure cooker
Pressure cooker fresh corn chowder from Pressure Cooking Today

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Chicken chile verde in the pressure cooker
Pressure cooker chicken chile verde from Serious Eats

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Creamy enchilada soup - pressure cooker recipe
Creamy enchilada soup – pressure cooker recipe from Tidbits

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One-pot chicken noodle soup
Chicken noodle soup in the pressure cooker from Chef De Home

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15-minute New England clam chowder
15-minute New England clam chowder from Hip Pressure Cooking

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Instant Pot cheesy potato cauliflower soup
Instant Pot cheesy potato cauliflower soup from Homemade Food Junkie

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Here are a couple other pressure cooker recipe roundups you might enjoy!

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15 Pressure Cooker Dessert Recipes -- As far as I am concerned, a dessert is one of the best ways to officially break in your new pressure cooker.

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15 More Pressure Cooker Dessert Recipes - Back by popular demand! Here is the second roundup of tantalizing pressure cooker and Instant Pot dessert recipes. Now you have a total of 30 to drool over!

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Stuffed Crust Chicken Bacon Spinach Pizza

2017 February 7
by Emily Hill

After tasting this homemade stuffed crust chicken bacon spinach pizza with its super cheesy crust and creamy alfredo sauce, you’ll crave it all. the. time.

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Stuffed crust chicken bacon spinach pizza with creamy alfredo - After tasting this homemade stuffed crust chicken bacon pizza with its super cheesy crust and creamy alfredo sauce, you will crave it all. the. time. | isthisreallymylife.com


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Sometimes that high school foods class really pays off. Not only has Madison made us the most amazing copycat Taco Bell crunch wrap supremes, but she’s also crafted this to-die-for homemade stuffed crust chicken bacon spinach pizza with creamy alfredo sauce.

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Stuffed crust chicken bacon spinach pizza with creamy alfredo - After tasting this homemade stuffed crust chicken bacon pizza with its super cheesy crust and creamy alfredo sauce, you will crave it all. the. time. | isthisreallymylife.com

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This stuffed crust chicken bacon spinach pizza is kind of genius because it uses string cheese for the stuffed crust. It might not be life changing for you, but I for sure won’t be the same.

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Stuffed crust chicken bacon spinach pizza with creamy alfredo - After tasting this homemade stuffed crust chicken bacon pizza with its super cheesy crust and creamy alfredo sauce, you will crave it all. the. time. | isthisreallymylife.com

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After making and shaping the homemade pizza crust, Madison tops it with alfredo sauce (we haven’t tried using homemade sauce yet), fresh spinach, chicken, bacon and garlic. You do know bacon makes the world go ’round, right?

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Stuffed crust chicken bacon spinach pizza with creamy alfredo - After tasting this homemade stuffed crust chicken bacon pizza with its super cheesy crust and creamy alfredo sauce, you will crave it all. the. time. | isthisreallymylife.com

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The best way to cook this masterpiece is on a pizza stone. I mean, that homemade stuffed crust deserves the very best! If you don’t have a pizza stone, a cast iron pizza pan is another fantastic, pizza crust-crisping option.

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Stuffed crust chicken bacon spinach pizza with creamy alfredo - After tasting this homemade stuffed crust chicken bacon pizza with its super cheesy crust and creamy alfredo sauce, you will crave it all. the. time. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Oh, and if you’re not a fan of stuffed crust pizza, feel free to skip that step. The chicken bacon pizza won’t be as cheesy but it will still be delicious!

Printable recipe for stuffed crust chicken bacon spinach pizza with creamy alfredo below. Enjoy!

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Stuffed crust chicken bacon spinach pizza with creamy alfredo - After tasting this homemade stuffed crust chicken bacon pizza with its super cheesy crust and creamy alfredo sauce, you will crave it all. the. time. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Stuffed Crust Chicken Bacon Spinach Pizza
 
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After tasting this homemade stuffed crust chicken bacon spinach pizza with its super cheesy crust and creamy alfredo sauce, you'll crave it all. the. time.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Pizza
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2½ tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 to 2½ cups flour
  • 1 cup alfredo sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 3 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
  • 6 to 8 pieces bacon, cooked and diced
  • 1 T fresh crushed garlic
  • 5 sticks of mozzarella string cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Dissolve yeast in water in large bowl of stand mixer. Let sit until you see small bubbles (about 2 minutes).
  3. Stir in sugar, salt, olive oil and flour using dough hook. Add enough flour until dough pulls away from the sides and is slightly sticky.
  4. Knead about 5 minutes until dough is smooth; let rest 5 minutes.
  5. Pat out dough onto a pizza stone or lightly greased pizza pan making it slightly larger than the pan. Cut mozzarella sticks into quarters and place them around the crust, leaving about a ½-inch edge of dough. Take the edge and gently roll it around the mozzarella sticks, tucking the end underneath. The crust should no longer overlap the edges of the pan.
  6. Poke a few holes in the crust to prevent large air bubbles and bake for 7 to 10 minutes depending on thickness. Remove from oven.
  7. Spread 1 cup sauce on the crust. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese, spinach, chicken, bacon and garlic. Sprinkle a little more cheese on top.
  8. Bake for another 15 to 20 minutes until cheese is melted and slightly golden. Allow to cool 1 to 2 minutes before slicing and serving.

 
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If you’re looking for a homemade pizza requiring a little less work, try this easy french bread pizza. It’s quick and always a hit with the kids!

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Easy French Bread Pizza - French bread pizza is a super quick and easy way to make homemade pizza. Let the kids make their own for a fun family meal!

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25+ Totally Tempting Hot Dip Appetizers

2017 February 2
by Emily Hill

The Big Game is almost here! It’s not too late to add one (or more) of these totally tempting hot dip appetizers to your game day menu.

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The Big Game is almost here! It is not too late to add one (or more) of these totally tempting hot dip appetizers to your game day menu. | isthisreallymylife.com


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Most people think the Big Game is all about two super talented football teams going head to head in an epic battle of offensive-defensive skills. But I’m not most people. For me, the Big Game is all about the spread—and I’m not talking points. I’m talking all the yummy food you can fit on your kitchen counters and dining table. Below you’ll find over 25 totally tempting, ooey, gooey, and almost always cheesy hot dip appetizers perfect for your game day party.

Note: If you’re planning on taking a hot dip on the road, I love my Crock-Pot Little Dipper (though you do have to stir every know and then). For larger dips, a 2-quart Crock-Pot would be perfect. Then again, if you’re the hostess with the mostess and serving a huge crowd, try this Crock-Pot Triple Dipper with Lazy Susan. Go big or go home, right?

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Hot Chili Cheese Dip
Chili cheese dip from Mom Endeavors

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Cheesy Pizza Dip
Cheesy pizza dip from Domestic Superhero

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Very best hot crab dip
The very best hot crab dip from The Suburban Soapbox

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Hot reuben dip
Hot reuben dip from Culinary Hill

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Mississippi sin dip
Mississippi sin dip from Home. Made. Interest.

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Hot bacon cheddar dip
Hot bacon cheddar dip from Spend with Pennies

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Hot black bean corn dip
Hot black bean & corn dip from Macaroni & Cheesecake

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Hot Melted Caprese Dip
Hot melted caprese dip from Closet Cooking

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Baked BLT dip
Baked BLT dip from Betty Crocker

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Hot sausage beer cheese dip
Hot sausage beer cheese dip from Food Lovin’ Family

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Hot spinach and artichoke dip
Hot spinach & artichoke dip from She Saved

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Jalapeno popper dip
Jalapeno popper dip from Brown Eyed Baker

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Sweet onion crack dip -- hot, cheesy, and a bit peppery. It is highly addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com
Sweet onion crack dip from Is This Really My Life

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Philly cheesesteak dip
Philly cheesesteak dip from Food Folks & Fun

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Texas trash dip
Texas trash dip from An Affair from the Heart

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slow cooker spinach and artichoke dip
Slow cooker spinach & artichoke dip from Home Cooking Memories

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Hot crab dip
Hot crab dip from Dinners, Dishes & Desserts

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Hot Grueyere and white wine chicken dip
Hot Gruyere & white wine chicken dip from Heartbeet Kitchen

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Cheesy hot corn dip
Slow cooker hot cheesy corn dip from Creme de la Crumb

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Banana pepper and bacon hot dip appetizer
Banana pepper & bacon hot dip from Erica’s Recipes

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Hot and cheesy caramelized onion dip
Hot & cheesy caramelized onion dip from The Chunky Chef

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Hot smoked gouda bacon dip
Hot smoked Gouda bacon dip from Olivia’s Cuisine

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Hot black bean chili cheese dip
Hot chili cheese dip from She Wears Many Hats

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Spicy chicken ranch hot dip
Spicy chicken ranch hot dip from Will Cook for Smiles

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Artichoke dip stuffed bread appetizer
Artichoke dip stuffed bread from Tastes Better from Scratch

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Layered Pesto Dip -- only 4 ingredients and so yummy!
Layered pesto dip from Is This Really My Life

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Here are more game day recipes your family and friends are sure to enjoy!

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Knorr spinach dip recipe


Game day spinach dip (one of our family’s favorites)

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Southwestern Dip


Southwestern veggie dip

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Rancho Dip -- a great party dip. Super creamy with a bit of blue cheese and some garlic. Pairs perfectly with your favorite crunchy crackers or chips.


Rancho dip (with blue cheese…yum!)

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Greek feta dip


Greek feta dip

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Toffee Apple Dip -- only 5 ingredients and 5 minutes for the most decadent dessert dip. Perfect with apples, graham crackers, pretzels...the options are endless!


Toffee apple dip

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Super Bowl Party Food - 20 game day dishes for fans of all ages


20 game day dishes for fans of all ages

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Pressure Cooker Cafe Rio Sweet Pork

2017 January 31
by Emily Hill

I took our favorite slow cooker Cafe Rio sweet pork and turned it into an equally scrumptious pressure cooker Cafe Rio sweet pork recipe. Don’t forget to top off those tacos with creamy cilantro dressing!

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Pressure Cooker Cafe Rio Pork Tacos -- I took our favorite slow cooker Cafe Rio pork and converted it into an equally scrumptious pressure cooker Cafe Rio pork. Do not forget the creamy cilantro dressing! | isthisreallymylife.com


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I’ve had my Instant Pot pressure cooker for about seven months and I’ve used it only three times. Crazy, right? It has a bit of a learning curve, which can be slightly intimidating. But when you see all the crazy delicious pressure cooker desserts you can make in an Instant Pot, it’s hard to believe I’m not cracking it open a few times a week!

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Pressure Cooker Cafe Rio Pork Tacos -- I took our favorite slow cooker Cafe Rio pork and converted it into an equally scrumptious pressure cooker Cafe Rio pork. Do not forget the creamy cilantro dressing! | isthisreallymylife.com

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So far I’ve made these root beer pulled pork sandwiches and this honey sesame chicken—perfect recipes for pressure cooker beginners. Most people would try a few more newbie recipes before taking on the challenge of converting a favorite slow cooker Cafe Rio sweet pork into pressure cooker Cafe Rio sweet pork.

I’m not most people.

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Pressure Cooker Cafe Rio Pork Tacos -- I took our favorite slow cooker Cafe Rio pork and converted it into an equally scrumptious pressure cooker Cafe Rio pork. Do not forget the creamy cilantro dressing! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Thanks to a little help (and hand holding) from my friend Barbara, the wonder woman behind Pressure Cooking Today, I had a successful Instant Pot Cafe Rio sweet pork experience. A recipe that usually takes over six hours was ready in less than two. It’s nothing short of a Mexican miracle.

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Pressure Cooker Cafe Rio Pork Tacos -- I took our favorite slow cooker Cafe Rio pork and converted it into an equally scrumptious pressure cooker Cafe Rio pork. Do not forget the creamy cilantro dressing! | isthisreallymylife.com

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The best part about making this Cafe Rio sweet pork in your pressure cooker is being able to saute the onion and garlic in the same pot in which you cook the roast. If you make it in the slow cooker, you do all that in a skillet, making for one more pan to clean.

I hate one more pan to clean.

When you make this pressure cooker Cafe Rio sweet pork recipe, don’t forget the creamy cilantro dressing. For reals. It’s like crack and tastes good atop more than shredded pork tacos. I’m talking quesadillas, salad, nachos, rice bowls, burritos and probably quite a few non-Mexican dishes as well.

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Pressure Cooker Cafe Rio Pork Tacos -- I took our favorite slow cooker Cafe Rio pork and converted it into an equally scrumptious pressure cooker Cafe Rio pork. Do not forget the creamy cilantro dressing! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Printable recipe for pressure cooker Cafe Rio sweet pork below. Enjoy!
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Pressure Cooker Cafe Rio Sweet Pork
 
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I took our favorite slow cooker Cafe Rio pork and converted it into an equally scrumptious pressure cooker Cafe Rio pork. Don't forget the creamy cilantro dressing!
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 3 lb pork roast cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T butter
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 1¼ to 1½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat pressure cooking pot using the saute setting. Add onion, garlic and butter to the pot and saute until onion is softened, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add pork roast and ¾ cup water to pressure cooking pot. Stir to evenly distribute onion mixture. Pressure cook on high 25 minutes. Turn off pressure cooker when timer beeps and let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Release remaining pressure. Carefully remove lid once valve drops.
  3. Pour the roast into a colander to drain juices; reserve ½ cup of liquid.
  4. Shred pork and return to pressure cooker. Add soy sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar, salt, pepper and ½ cup reserved liquid.
  5. Pressure cook on high 10 minutes. Turn off pressure cooker when timer beeps and let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Release remaining pressure. Carefully remove lid once valve drops.
  6. Serve on warm tortillas with your favorite taco toppings. Don't forget the creamy cilantro dressing: http://bit.ly/cilantrodressing.

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If you don’t own an Instant Pot, these pressure cooker dessert recipes will probably convince you to buy one ASAP (if not sooner).

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15 Pressure Cooker Dessert Recipes -- As far as I am concerned, a dessert is one of the best ways to officially break in your new pressure cooker.

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